About Us

GlobalPittsburgh Programs Connect Pittsburgh with the World

GlobalPittsburgh brings together globally-minded people in the Pittsburgh region through membership activities and hosting programs, we help universities and English Language programs attract more international students, and we coordinate visits for international delegations through the U.S. Department of State.

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We are a non-profit organization that started out in 1959 as the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors. We practice what is known as citizen diplomacy, which means "the concept that every global citizen has the right, even the responsibility, to engage across cultures and create shared understanding through meaningful person-to-person interactions."

As a 56-year member of the Washington, DC-based Global Ties U.S. (formerly NCIV) we are the U.S. State Department’s designated regional service provider for the International Visitor Leadership Program and other government-sponsored international exchange programs.

GlobalPittsburgh now has a network of over 500 members, volunteers, and citizen diplomats who ensure that visiting leaders’ and students’ time in the Greater Pittsburgh region provides value to all members of the community.

For the visitors we welcome, we hope to create a positive impression of the region that may inspire them to return, to encourage more potential visits by leaders, influencers and students, or to live and work in the region.

Our Programs and Services

International Leaders Program - Hosting Global Delegations

Tailored professional itineraries for emerging leaders in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program, other federally funded programs, and fee-based programming for international leaders sponsored by their governments, businesses or other institutions. These itineraries are designed to promote ongoing linkages between the international participants and the Pittsburgh regional leaders with whom they meet. READ MORE

GlobalPittsburghCONNECTMembership Program connecting internationals and local community

Overnight homestays, hospitality dinners with American families, and a year-round series of events to acculturate and welcome international students, professionals, ESL students, researchers, scholars and their families to the Greater Pittsburgh Region. Local globally minded individuals, companies and organizations may become part of the GlobalPittsburghCONNECT, which includes invitations to members activities, hosting and homestay opportunities, and a wide range of other benefits and advantages. Memberships are available at $40 per year for students, $60 for individuals, $75 for households. READ MORE

Homestay Program - For international students and professionals

GlobalPittsburgh arranges homestays for international students, professors and other newcomers, including professionals. For more information, please contact Nadya Kessler at 412-392-4513 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. READ MORE


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